Last year, we found how easy it was to get to the festival. So this year, to make our lives interesting, they changed the venue and moved further from Surbiton station. True, it meant the new venue was closer to Kingston station and we could easily have gone there, but this would have deprived TM of his walk along the Thames. So, despite KOC and RN’s protestations, we went via Surbiton. It was a very enjoyable stroll along the river bank and although it took the best part of fifty minutes, we found the falling down telephone boxes and were in the festival just before noon.
The new venue was very much a working men’s club. A small entrance opened up to a large main bar area which continued on to the hall. The stillage was in the hall.
The seating in the hall was already fully occupied by the early arrivals (the GLC Real Ale Society were well represented) and we ended up in the bar area. Which was fortunate as this turned out to be cooler and more comfortable than the hall.
The beer list was varied and interesting. The Dark Star APA immediately took PV’s attention and fortunately there was still some left: it was very nice indeed. Among quite a few contenders for the most outrageous brewery name Spitting Feathers stood out. Same they couldn’t come up with a better name for the beer than Thirst Quencher.
The session was moving along nicely and soon became even more enjoyable with the arrival of Violet, an Amazonian friend of KOC. After one cider Vi tried perry for the first time and immediately became a convert.
After a very enjoyable chat and drink, Vi led Mengo on the short walk to Kingston station and our journey back via New Maldon and Surbiton.
|Black Dog||Whitby Abbey Ales||3.8|
|Bristol Beer Factory||Sunrise||4.4|
|Dark Star||American Pale Ale||4.7|
|Dorking||DB Dry Hop Gold||3.8|
|Goachers||Real Mild Ale||3.4|
|Lodden||Flight of Fancy||4.2|
|North Yorkshire||Priors Ale||3.6|
|Saltaire||Cascade Pale Ale||4.8|
|Spitting Feathers||Thirst Quencher||3.9|
PV, TM, RN and KOC